cssPlay resizeable, normal, italic, slant 'display' font using just CSS

3rd August 2012

For IE9+, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera and Safari Mobile

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Whilst searching the web for inspiration I came across a Curtis css typeface font generated using just CSS.

This font was produced back in 2009 and had several 'problems'. It required separate stylesheets for the four font sizes and also used 'masks' to hide areas which stopped the font from being used with background images. It also required multiple elements for each letter.

So I thought that with the new styles available it should be possible to correct all these problems.

The above font does not use masking areas so all the letters can be overlaid onto images. The code for each letter is a maximum of two elements and most letters are just one element. The letters are constructed using em sizes so the same code can be used for any size letters. It is also now possible to skew the letters to give italic and back slant letters. Finally it is possible to kern the letters using the stylesheet.

I have also tweaked several of the letters such as the 'S' and 'C' to make them easier to produce.

So the code for each letter above is the same and the stylesheet takes care of the sizes and slants.

Best viewed in IE9+ and Chrome.


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